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Highland Council convener threatens to throw member out of chamber during Caley Thistle battery storage debate

By Rachel Smart

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A heated exchange took place in a Highland Council meeting today.

During the debate of Caledonian Thistle’s application for a battery storage facility Councillor Duncan Macpherson was told that he would perhaps be thrown out of the chamber by Highland Council convener, Bill Lobban.

Councillor Lobban said: "Whilst I have never asked a member to leave this chamber in the past, if you don't moderate what you are saying you are very much in danger of that happening."

Mr Macpherson was eventually told to sit down by the council leader and the discussion was moved on.

Highland Council rejected Caledonian Thistle’s application for a battery storage facility at Fairways after the project was pulled-in for review.

In all 30 councillors voted for refusal, 23 against and three abstained.

The club had wanted the project – a battery energy storage system (BESS) worth £3.8 million – to secure its financial future, which it is now feared could be in grave jeopardy.

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